Appearing on Sunday’s Meet the Press roundtable discussion after Friday’s disappointing job report, Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden hit Mitt Romney for what she argues as the 2012 candidate’s doubling down on failed Bush economic policies and an “issues of hypocrisy” when it comes to his funding of Konarka Technologies, the solar technology company.
“I think Americans want a real debate on the policies and I think that should be a debate the president welcomes because essentially the president has put forth a real proposal to create jobs and the problem with Mitt Romney is that it’s not just where he stood, although that’s important, but where he stands now,” said Tanden, adding, “And his policies really do double down on the policies of the Bush administration. He’s calling for massive tax cuts and we know that has not worked as a strategy.”
“I think that a challenge for Mitt Romney is also some of these debates become an issue of hypocrisy,” she said. “He goes to Solyndra on Thursday and we find out yesterday that a company precisely like Solyndra that he funded--Konarka--is going belly up on Friday.”
In January 2003, a new Governor Romney held a press conference at Konarka where he announced a plan to assist startups with $24 million from the state’s renewable energy trust fund. Konarka was the recipient of a $1.5 million loan.